TBI announces arrest in Lincoln County cold case murder investigation

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LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department is announced an arrest in a cold case murder from March 2013.

Michael Mitchell (Photo: Elk Valley Times)

WHNT News 19 has learned it is related to the death of 54-year-old Michael Mitchell of Flintville, Tenn.

Mitchell's body was found in a home on L. Mitchell Road.

L. Mitchell Road murder investigation (WHNT file photo)

At the time of the discovery, Sheriff Murray Blackwelder told WHNT News 19, a utility worker called authorities after they smelled what turned out to be Mitchell's decomposing body coming from the home.

Mitchell's head and hands had been cut off.

TBIĀ agents announced that they arrested Joe Speck of Lacey's Spring in connection to the murder.

Joe Speck (Photo: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation)

Agents charged Speck with criminal homicide and he is being held in the Lincoln County Jail without bond.

WHNT News 19's Chris Davis is at the news conference, and will bring us updates throughout the evening on this case.